We may ask you to attend for a blood test when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:
- assess your general state of health
- confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
- see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm, and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child’s hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.
You can have your blood test done at:
- Hillingdon Hospital or Mount Vernon hospital -both walk in clinics- Monday to Friday (07:00am-04:30 Mon- Fri)
- Hesa Centre – Hayes by appointment Tel no:01895 486001
- Eastcote Health Centre by appointment Tel no: 01895 488810
- Oak Farm Clinic by appointment Tel no: 01895 484810
Please contact your practice after 1pm to obtain your results.
Blood tests for children are done at special clinics in the area. Appointments will be made via your practice after discussing it with the GP or Practice Nurse.